While South Australian’s await the announcement of the “roadmap” another papercut is made without much noise.
SAPOL announced quietly as they have been doing of later some minor changes to the Healthcare Setting Workers Vaccination Direction. These new changes add a few workplaces and workers that they may have missed in the last direction.
The below list taken directly from the new directions,
Primary community healthcare facilities including:
General practice clinics;
Private nurse offices
Private pathology centres
Private radiology centres (including breast screening centre);
Defence health settings (including Garrison health centres, deployed and exercise health support and clinical health training);
Facilities for the collection, manufacture and distribution of blood and biological products;
Aboriginal community controlled health services
Department for Health and Wellbeing, the Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health and Wellbeing SA
Specialist outpatient facilities (consulting suites of private medical specialists (including reproductive services) and any setting where the following services are provided, including:
o art or music therapy;
o dental therapy;
o exercise physiology;
o genetic counselling;
o nuclear medicine technology;
o nutrition and dietetics;
o occupational therapy;
o orthotics and prosthetics;
o radiation therapy;
o social work provided at a public or private hospital or community healthcare facility;
o speech pathology;
While some just see it as healthcare related workers the next part of the direction adds another tiny papercut, “any person who attends a healthcare setting in the course of their work, or duties, including if their attendance is incidental, such as delivery drivers or suppliers”.
This now mandates another group of workers, workers who up until now thought themselves safe.
Anyone covered by this updated direction must have their first jab by 8th November and have a book for their second within the timeframe approved by ATAGI.
There is the option of a medical exemption, good luck finding a doctor willing to throw away their registration to sign that however.
Many South Australian’s have thought themselves lucky being able to go about life and work seemingly without any restrictions, that looks about to change. From wearing a mask and QR code scanning to now being mandated to have a medical procedure to attend work, or to attend a workplace even for a few minute to deliver a parcel.
Let see what the roadmap brings possibly later today, will SA fall in line with VIC and now WA.